26. Punishment:

♣ 26. Punishment:

♦ (1) Any person who illegally kills or injures, sells, purchases or transfers or obtains rhinoceros, tiger, elephant, musk deer, clouded leopard, snow leopard or bison, or keeps, purchases or sells rhinoceros horn or musk-pods or the fur of snow leopard as well as trophies of any other protected wildlife, shall be punished with a fine ranging from fifty to one hundred thousand rupees or an imprisonment ranging from five years to fifteen years or both.

♦ (2) Any person who kills or injures any other protected wildlife other than those mentioned in Sub-Section (1) shall be punished with a fine ranging from forty

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 Inserted by fourth Amendment.
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♦ Amended by fourth Amendment.
♦ Amended by fourth Amendment.

to seventy five thousand rupees, or face an imprisonment ranging from one year to ten years or both.

(3) Any person who hunts and kills or injures wildlife other than birds and fish inside a national park, strict nature reserve or wildlife reserve without obtaining a license shall be punished with a fine ranging from one thousand rupees and ten thousand rupees or face imprisonment ranging from six months to two years or both.

(4) Any person who hunts and kills or injures protected birds shall be punished with a fine ranging from five hundred rupees and ten thousand rupees or face imprisonment ranging from three months and two years or both.

(5) Any person who hunts and kills or injures birds other than protected birds inside a national park, strict nature reserve or wildlife reserve without obtaining a license shall be punished with a fine ranging from two hundred rupees and ten thousand rupees, or face imprisonment ranging between three months and two years or both.

(6) Any person who commits an offense other than those mentioned in SubSection (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5), in contravention of this Act or the Rules framed under the Act shall be punished with a fine up to ten thousand rupees or two years imprisonment or both depending on the nature of the case.